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The Special Olympics of Illinois got off to a running start on Wednesday, June 7th with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Chicago Heights.
Dozens of law enforcement officials and athletes came out to run for the event that helps raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.
More than 1,000 people carried the Flame of Hope while running, cycling, and rollerblading over 1,500 miles,through hundreds of communities before it was ultimately delivered to Bloomington-Normal for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics.
“It’s a great cause and something we can all do to support residents and athletes. I just really enjoy doing it,” said volunteer Jasen Zurisk. “It’s just a small way for law enforcement, firefighters,and city employees to say we support these special athletes.”
Since beginning three decades ago the Law Enforcement Torch Run has since grown into the largest fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois, raising nearly $43 million over 31 years, while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $4 million in 2016.